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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:52 AM

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 34, legislation that amends the Professional Educator Discipline Act to establish a comprehensive system to be used to investigate and discipline professional educators for misconduct. The bill expands the bases for discipline to include founded and indicated reports of child abuse as well as “grooming” behaviors such as sending a student sexually explicit text messages; shortens the time period for reporting to the Pennsylvania Department of Education; requires an educator arrested, indicted for, or convicted of certain crimes to report the action to the employing school within 72 hours; prohibits schools from entering into confidential settlement agreements that interfere with the entity’s mandatory reporting; and eliminates the current statute of limitations for the filing of misconduct complaints. Senate Bill 34 will now return to the Senate for a concurrence vote on House amendments made earlier to the bill.

Source: PSBA School Leader News Daily EDition, Dec. 10, 2013.

 

 
Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:48 AM

Well, the man’s got nerve, I’ll give you that. Since kicking off his re-election bid here in Pittsburgh last month (see “A Week of Action”), Governor Corbett has been touring the state boldly campaigning on his record of – wait for it – education. Yes, the man who has slashed $2.4 billion and counting from public schools in the Commonwealth now thinks that voters will buy the idea that he actually supports public education. Incredibly, Gov. Corbett has been claiming in radio ads that he increased funding for our schools. [Politics PA, 11-17-13]

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Source: Yinzercation Blog, December 4, 2013.

 
Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:11 AM

On the floor of the state Senate today, Sen. Mike Stack criticized the Corbett administration for ignoring education and community leaders who believe implementation of the controversial Keystone Exams will financially hurt school districts and unfairly affect students who do not pass the pressure-packed graduation requirement.

“The Keystone Exams have been the source of a lot of debate and angst over the past six months. It peaked with a split, 3-2, IRRC vote to approve the Keystone Exams on Thursday, Nov. 21. Last week, Senator Dinniman and I hosted a town hall hearing on the Keystone Exams to get feedback from education experts, advocates and key stakeholders. “We heard a lot of interesting reaction and I wanted to highlight some of the issues and themes we heard:

 http://www.senatorstack.com/corbett-administration-moving-too-fast-on-keystone-exams-stack-tells-senate.

Source: Senator Stacks’s website on Dec. 4, 2013.

 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:50 AM

Pennsylvania public schools would have wider latitude to furlough employees during tough economic times and would not have to start with the least senior workers under proposals that were debated Tuesday in the state Capitol.

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Source: The Associated Press, Dec. 4, 2013.

 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 9:34 AM

One down, two to go.

When 2013 began, Gov. Tom Corbett identified three items that were crucial to getting the state on the right track — a new transportation funding plan, an overhaul of the public pension systems and getting Pennsylvania out of the booze business.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/925449_State-legislators-look-ahead-to-pension-reform.html#ixzz2mQEPtJP2

Source: Lancasteronline.com, Dec. 1, 2013.
 
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:26 AM

November 15, 2013

 

 

TO:                 News Editor/News Director

 CONTACT:    Sheri L. Thompson, Director of Communications

Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
122 Valley Road
P.O. Box 39
Summerdale, PA 17093
(717) 732-4999 (Phone)
(717) 732-4890 (Fax)
sherit@paprincipals.org

 

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Dr. William T. Ziegler Named President of State Principals’ Association

(Harrisburg, Pa.) — William T. Ziegler, Ed.D., principal of Pottsgrove High School in the Pottsgrove School District, was recently named President of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

PA Principals Association’s membership of approximately 3,800 is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Dr. Ziegler assumed his new position on PA Principals Association’s Board of Directors following the association’s annual business meeting held October 29, 2013 during its 21st annual state conference held in State College.

“I’m honored with the opportunity to serve principals in Pennsylvania. I firmly believe that principals are the most important leaders in our nation. More than ever, principals are faced with increasing demands, less resources, and increasingly complex challenges to resolve. As a result, PA Principals Association is an association committed to equipping principals with the tools to be leaders who strengthen student achievement at all levels and lead through the changing educational landscape,” said Dr. Ziegler. 

Dr. Ziegler began his education career in 1994 as a social studies teacher at Pottstown High School in the Pottstown School District. From 1998-2002, he served as the assistant principal of Pottstown High School in the Pottstown School District, and from 2002-2007, he served as the assistant principal of Pottsgrove High School in the Pottsgrove School District. He was the principal of Pottsgrove Middle School from 2007-2013 before assuming the principalship of Pottsgrove High School.

Dr. Ziegler has been a member of PA Principals Association/NASSP for 12 years. Most recently, he served as treasurer on the PA Principals Association Board of Directors (2010-2012). He currently acts as the chairperson of the PA Principals Association Mini-Grant Selection Committee and he also served on the board as the East III Secondary Regional Representative. In addition, he served on the NASSP Publications Advisory Council from 2007-2009 and presented at the NASSP National Conference in 2003
and 2005.

Dr. Ziegler is active in his community as well. He was president of the Montgomery County Principals Association from 2008-2010, and currently serves on the board of Trinity Church and is the media director for Christian Educators Association International. Additionally, he volunteers his time to teach GED classes to parents in the Pottsgrove community.

Dr. Ziegler has been an adjunct professor in graduate education at Temple University since 2007 and has served as a representative for NASSP on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Congressional Panel for the E-RATE Program. In addition, he published the article, “Developing Teacher Leadership Capacity,” in NASSP’s Principal Leadership magazine in April 2012. His articles have been published in Principal Leadership multiple times.

According to Dr. Ziegler, “PA Principals Association has a rich history of serving principals through instructional leadership, legal updates, Act 93 agreement consultation, professional liability insurance, strong professional development opportunities and a partnership with NAESP and NASSP. PA Principals Association is a voice for principals and education on state and federal levels in regards to educational legislation.”

Dr. Ziegler received a bachelor of science degree in education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in education from Gratz College and his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Temple University. He received his Principal’s Certificate from The Pennsylvania State University.  

Dr. Ziegler resides in Boyertown, Pa., with his wife, Kim, and their two children.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:23 AM

November 15, 2013

 

 

TO:                 News Editor/News Director

CONTACT:      Sheri L. Thompson, Director of Communications

Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
122 Valley Road
P.O. Box 39
Summerdale, PA 17093
(717) 732-4999 (Phone)
(717) 732-4890 (Fax)

sherit@paprincipals.org

RELEASE:     UPON RECEIPT

Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla Named President-Elect of State Principals’ Association

(Harrisburg, Pa.) — Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla, principal of Evans Elementary School in the Spring-Ford Area School District, was recently named President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

PA Principals Association’s membership of approximately 3,800 is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Havrilla assumed her new position on PA Principals Association’s Board of Directors following the association’s annual business meeting held October 29, 2013 during its 21st annual state conference held in State College.                                    

"I am honored to serve as president-elect of PA Principals Association which serves all principals in Pennsylvania. As principals, we face an ever-changing world; PA Principals Association is the organization that provides the support and professional development needed to guide our staff to be able to provide students with 21st-century skills."

Havrilla began her education career in 1973 as an elementary school teacher at Turnpike Elementary School in the Sullivan County School District. After 21 years with Turnpike Elementary School, she became the assistant principal at Schuylkill Valley Intermediate/Middle School in the Schuylkill Valley School District from 1994-1995. She then went on to serve as assistant principal of Schuylkill Elementary School from 1995-1997 and principal of Schuylkill Elementary School from 1997-2002. From 2002-2007, she was the principal of Limerick Elementary School in the Spring-Ford Area School District before assuming the principalship at Evans Elementary School, also in the Spring-Ford Area School District.  

Havrilla has been a member of PA Principals Association/NASSP for 19 years. She most recently served as the East III Elementary Regional Representative on the PA Principals Association Board of Directors from 2010-2013. She is also a member of the PA Principals Association Select Staff Development Committee and served as a moderator for the NAESP Convention in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Havrilla is also a member of the Montgomery County Principals’ Association. She is a member of the Spring-Ford Area School District Supervision, Professional Development and Safety Committees. In addition, she previously served as the chairperson for the Language Arts K-8 Curriculum Committee in the Schuylkill Valley School District.

Havrilla received a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education from Point Park University. She also earned a master’s degree in secondary guidance and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Scranton. She received her school administration certification (K-12) from Bucknell University.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:17 AM

October 11, 2013

 

TO:                 News Editor/News Director

 

CONTACT: Sheri L. Thompson, Director of Communications

Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
122 Valley Road
P.O. Box 39
Summerdale, PA 17093
(717) 732-4999 (Phone)
(717) 732-4890 (Fax)
sherit@paprincipals.org
www.paprincipals.org

 

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State and National Education Leaders To Convene in State College

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 400 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals, supervisors, school-related vendors and other education leaders will convene in State College for the 21st annual state conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 27-29, 2013 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

 “This year’s conference once again provides administrators opportunities to engage in professional development that puts teaching and learning at the forefront of each experience. Attendees will gain skills and knowledge through a number of venues including workshops, trainings, seminars and presentations from national and international keynote speakers. As a member of PA Principals Association, and as an attendee at our conferences, I look forward to the opportunity to network with fellow administrators across the state in an effort to learn and grow as a professional,” said Curtis E. Johnson, 2013 conference committee chairperson.

A few of the awards to be given out at the conference include the National Distinguished Principal and the Assistant, Middle Level and High School Principals of the Year. These will be given during PA Principals Association’s 29th annual banquet from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 (President’s Hall).

In addition to the more than 65 vendors exhibiting their products for schools and classrooms in the Exhibit Hall (President’s Hall, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013), keynote addresses and a multitude of informational breakout sessions will be presented to attendees by three nationally known speakers as well as educators from across the Commonwealth during the 2 ½-day conference. Dr. Todd Whitaker will present “Have You Shifted Your Monkey Today?” on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the First General Session (Dean’s Hall).

On Monday, October 28, Charlotte Danielson will present “Making the Most of Teacher Evaluation” from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Second General Session (Dean’s Hall). Also, speaking on Monday is Will Richardson, who will present “Rethinking Education in a World of Ubiquitously Networked, Self-Directed Learners and Makers” from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the Third General Session (Dean’s Hall).

On Tuesday, Oct. 29 at PA Principals Association’s annual business meeting (8:15-9:15 a.m.), PA Principals Association President Kurt J. Nyquist will ‘pass the gavel’ to Dr. William T. Ziegler, principal of Pottsgrove High School in the Pottsgrove School District, Pottstown, Pa., making him the 2013-2014 PA Principals Association president. In addition, Acting PA Secretary of Education, Dr. Carolyn C. Dumaresq, has been invited to speak on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

 

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Friday, November 22, 2013 11:05 AM

By Dr. Paul M. Healey, PA Principals Association Executive Director-Elect

   Since the passage of NCLB, individual educators and educational organizations alike have provided testimony and opinions about using a single test taken in the spring of a year to judge overall performance. We all know and understand that no single test should be used to judge a student, a school or a school district.

   Then, as states were being granted waivers from the federal government, we waited our turn in Pennsylvania, with great anticipation, that we would be released from the high stakes test accountability system to the use of a growth model that utilizes multiple measures to judge performance.  And, as the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) rolled out the new educator effectiveness and principal effectiveness frameworks as part of Act 82, we clearly saw a move towards using multiple measures and we took comfort in knowing that our voices were finally heard.

   Click here for the full article.

 
Friday, November 22, 2013 11:00 AM

A controversial statewide graduation testing requirement that accompanies a new set of state-developed grade-level learning goals closely aligned to the Common Core standards has passed a final hurdle. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission on Thursday vote 3-2 to approve these changes to state regulations.

Click here for the full article.

Source: PennLive.com, by Jan Murphy, Nov. 21, 2013.

Click here for information on the Chapter 4 Regulations – Academic Standards and Assessments (from Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed.D., Acting Secretary of Education)

For the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette article, click here.

 
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